ONLY ON 3: Morale hits a new low at WPD, many not happy with their jobs

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Submitted: Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:06pm
Updated: Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:30pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police say morale in the department has hit a new low. The majority of Wilmington police officers are not happy with their job. That’s according to an employee survey at WPD.

50% of WPD staff took a survey conducted by the department.

Nearly 85% said morale at WPD is low or very low and they say it’s worse now than it was in previous years.

“We’ve had a bad year,” Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said. “We’ve had a lot of violence in this community, and our people have been put in some very bad situations, and it’s been a tough year.”

Chief Evangelous says the stressful year has put a strain on officers. But results show pay and benefits are the biggest factors contributing to low morale.

75% said they either disagree or strongly disagree with the merit pay system.

“Pay is a huge issue,” Evangelous said. “It has been dragging down morale here in the organization for a period of time. We’re working almost daily with the city manager city council, mayor. They’re all committed to making something happen with the pay issue.”

While communication was a strong point in the survey with supervisors and co-workers, 70% said communication was the worst with command staff.

“Communication is always a struggle,” Evangelous added. “And accurate and timely communication is always a struggle, so we’re working on it and we can always to better.”

But many surveyed also found issues with fairness in assignment selection, promotions, performance evaluations and disciplinary practices.

Chief Evangelous says the department has been working on the promotional process but could not tell us much more.

“Those have to be drilled down into. There is no clear explanation what they were talking about, so we’re actually going to re-survey those questions,” Evangelous said.

North Carolina Police Benevolent Association Executive Director John Midgette says the survey leaves more questions than answers. He says his organization would be more than happy to help the Chief get more specifics.

Chief Evangelous says they will probably re-survey the department with more specific questions next fall. He says they will be rolling out a new virtual system very soon that will improve communications.

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32 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Morale hits a new low at WPD, many not happy with their jobs"

2015 years 8 months ago

I know it’s not much in the way of fattening up your wallet, but just want to say WPD has the finest officers around! Great group of Men and Women!

2015 years 8 months ago

I guess it is time to replace Chief Ralph Evangelous. I have never been impressed with him as chief and I think the survey shows that things are getting worst and not better under his command.

I am also not happen with the lack of enforcement of the traffic laws in this town. Just drive on Carolina Beach Rd or Third Street and you would think you were on a NASCAR track.

I will tell him like a told a Captain years ago. You can run your department with you sitting your A$$ behind a desk 8 hours a day.

2015 years 8 months ago

Considering the amount of corruption, poor leadership in the department that seems to go unchanged,(Does a week go by we don’t hear about some of Wilmington’s finest involved in a crime, excessive force, scandal) I’m not surprised the majority of officers (who are honest, good people) have low moral working in such a place.

Their name is getting sullied too.

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2015 years 8 months ago

1. Give up on the Ghost Hotel idea that will never be next to the Convention Center.
2. Take the $100,000 lawyer fee set aside to defend said “Ghost Hotel” and turn it over to the WPD for employee benefits.
3. Sell the Convention Center at a LOSS (as per usual), and take those funds and turn it over to the WPD for employee benefits.
4. Turn the now…Old Convention Center…into a Beagle Farm sold for Huntin’ Dogs.
5. Turn the Convention Center into a hotel…then work on building another Convention Center in its place…this time using LEGO’s from the box.
6. Sell the hotel, that was the Convention Center, for market price…turn it into a Mega Jail for the local Gang Bangers (without internet or hot dog cook-outs)…have City Council resign…then take the money from that sale and it give it back to the WPD of Wilmington for pay increases…and for putting up with all the crap Council has shoveled at them over the years.

The End

2015 years 8 months ago

Thats quite the exaggeration. Every week? Other then the k-9 incident that happened like 2 months ago I cant think of one. Maybe the prostitution thing like 2 years ago. Dont start spewing off at the mouth without facts.

Go ahead and show me an example of every week. Go ahead… ill wait.